Like grandpa used to do

Fishing is still done with old fishing boats, the corridinho is danced at folklore festivals and even new houses come with original Algarvian chimneys. The south of Portugal is a traditional place. Craftsmen showing their artisan skills make for pretty pictures, but, more importantly, they keep the local cultural heritage alive. Enjoy the Algarve explores why the […]

Portuguese up your home

With IKEA in Loulé offering bargain home decorations by the billion, we prefer doing something different. Go traditional and add a touch of Portugal to your home. How? By using azulejos, calçadas, and an Algarvian chimney. Now Enjoy the Algarve isn’t a home-deco-trends expert, but we do know that this year, it’s time to go […]

Baked Algarvian earth

Just like snowflakes, no two terracotta tiles made in Vale de Mealhas are exactly the same. You could compare thousands, millions even, but you’ll always find slight variations, mostly in colour nuance. “And that’s precisely the charm of it,” claims Angelo Martins, who, together with his brother Arthur Cavaco, continues the family business of making […]

Proud of Portuguese palms

Traditional, local, authentic, handmade, genuine, 100% Portuguese. Words that sounds great on a label. But is all that’s described as ‘made in Portugal’, really produced in this country? Having spotted some nice inexpensive bags made out of palm leaves, Enjoy the Algarve asks palm weaving expert Maria João Gomes for advice. “If it doesn’t smell […]

Algarve’s new flagship species?

Seahorses; their appealing charisma is also what gets them in trouble. The Ria Formosa Nature Reserve is home to what’s probably the world’s largest population of Hippocampus, but in recent years there has been a massive decline, due to habitat changes and human influence. How to ensure the survival of this fish species? Enjoy the […]

Formosa style

Meandering past sandbanks and oyster farms, the journey is as tranquil as the destination. Enjoy the Algarve joins Ricardo Barradas on a Ria Formosa sailing trip to Ilha da Culatra. This fishermen’s island doesn’t have any sort of actual attractions, which is in fact a big part of the attraction.  See the original article in Enjoy […]

When swimming is no option…

How to get to the islands of the Algarve? Well, get into the water and start to swim. But what if you want to take a dry towel and/or don’t fancy getting swept away by the current into the Atlantic Ocean? Here are three easier options. See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine […]

Island life

What’s it like to live on an island in the Ria Formosa? Enjoy the Algarve finds out. Spoiler: during the change from fishing heritage to tourist settlements, and even despite the current demolition threats, the overall feeling of ‘being away from it all’ remains. See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine May 2017 […]

The dangers of one of the safest countries in the world

Currently, Portugal is one of the five most peaceful countries in this world. However, it wasn’t always this way. Over time, Arab invasions, earthquakes and dictatorships have made way for pickpockets, reckless drivers and cheap drinks. Still, the feeling of saudade remains. See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine April 2017 Some pickpockets, […]

Tough enough?

Extreme obstacle races like Spartan Race and Tough Mudder have become pretty popular in the last decades, especially in the UK and USA. Now Portugal joins in the action with Tribal Clash, which will be held in the Algarve end of this month. Enjoy the Algarve wonders how to prepare for an event that promises […]

Wild boar around?

If you go hiking in the Algarvian countryside and are an early riser, chances are you’ll spot a wild boar on your walk. Javali, as these creatures are called in Portuguese, usually move at night and in the early morning hours. What to do (or, more important: what NOT to do) if you encounter a […]

Algarve survival 101

Shouting ‘I’m a celebrity, get me out of here!’ obviously isn’t going to help when you’re lost in the wilderness. But what is? Since Enjoy the Algarve sucks at reading maps and always explores new roads, we often end up somewhere we don’t know. Better ask Pedro Alves of Escola do Mato how to survive if we’d […]

Live slow, drive slower

Is living in a couple of square metres on wheels while travelling the world as relaxed as it sounds? Enjoy the Algarve meets digital nomads Hedwig Wiebes and Jeroen Bosman in the south of Portugal. “We do worry, but only about where we’ll sleep that night.” All pictures courtesy of Hedwig & Jeroen  See the […]

Friends, not food

Dishes like grilled sardines and pork sausages are very popular in the Algarve. But an increasing number of people prefer to let the animals live and eat something else instead. And yes, there’s more to being vegetarian or vegan than nibbling on a carrot stick. Enjoy the Algarve talks to Melanie Pascual, owner of vegan […]

#lovemylife

It’s all about image nowadays. So forget about Portugal’s massive unemployment rate, the many abandoned dogs and cats here, and the fact that you’ve been showering with cold water for the last ten days as your boiler still isn’t fixed. Instead, show how cool your Algarve life is and how brilliant a time you’re having. […]

Put your life on hold and enjoy

There’s more to life than having loads of money and a fancy car. Inner happiness for example. The Swedish Kinga Lundblad (56) is aiming for just that. With her company Leventa she gives Algarve-based conferences which focus on enhancing your emotional intelligence. Enjoy the Algarve talks to Kinga about emotional intelligence and how this leads […]

Smoke on the water

Seeing as the Algarve is semi-surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, it’s only logical to continue all this racing business on the water. With F1H2O, a little H2O is added to F1 racing. F1H2-what? Enjoy the Algarve explains. Pictures by Vittorio Ubertone/Idea Marketing See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine February 2017   What […]

Go even faster

There are plenty of high speed activities in the Algarve. No, we’re not going to name them all, you’re pretty capable of doing a Google-search by yourself. What we will do, however, is up the momentum by giving you some tips to go even faster next time. See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – […]

Move over Speedy Gonzales

OK, so we don’t have any cheetahs in the Algarve (or in the rest of Portugal for that matter). Fair enough. But these Algarve animals are all way faster than that stupid mouse with its giant yellow sombrero. ¡Arriba, arriba! ¡Ándale, ándale! See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine February 2017   Sea: sailfish Swimming […]

Biker’s paradise

Many people ride bicycles in the Algarve. But there’s cycling and there’s cycling. João Jesus and Filipe Baião definitely fall in the more extreme category as they practise enduro and downhill biking. In other words: they jump over roads and cycle with up to 60km/h on trails so steep most normal people would need climbing […]

Living off the land

Going back is the way forward, at least when it comes to farming. Ditch the pesticides and the heavy machinery and work in harmony with nature like they did centuries ago. Organic agriculture is popular again, also in Portugal, where more and more people make a change from supermarket-bought to home-grown. Enjoy the Algarve investigates […]

Animal-education

Conservation starts with education. This is also the case with wildlife: you first have to know about the animals living in the south of Portugal, before you can help protecting them. Next time, instead of going to the beach yet again, broaden your horizons and learn something new about the wildlife in the Algarve. Here […]

Bye bye balls

Harsh as it might sound, those testicles will have to come off. Because with thousands of stray dogs in the Algarve, it’s not an option not to neuter your dog. Enjoy the Algarve talks to Kerry Gross and Faith Clements of AEZA, a charitable organisation that gives hundreds of stray dogs in the western Algarve […]

Algarve, we have a problem

Or actually, we have three rather big environmental problems in the south of Portugal. Want to know what they are and how to solve them? Read on! See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine January 2017   Oil drillings The problem: the oil and gas drillings that are already taking place in the […]